Australia push into lead in Sydney
Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh helped Australia take the lead against England at the SCG.
Australia moved into a lead as Usman Khawaja continued his fine innings on day three of the fifth Ashes Test against England in Sydney.
Khawaja (166 not out) brought up his sixth Test century in the first session and he built on that on a flat SCG pitch Saturday.
He was joined by Shaun Marsh (unbeaten 54), with the duo putting on an unbroken 91 for the fourth wicket as Australia pushed to 365-3 at tea, a lead of 19 runs.
Moeen Ali (1-98), Mason Crane (0-93) and Joe Root (0-12) have found some turn, but not enough to seriously trouble Australia.
Root thought he had Marsh when the left-hander was given out caught behind on 22.
However, the Australia batsman reviewed and replays showed he hit his pad – not the ball.
That was as close as England came to a breakthrough in the middle session, during which the hosts scored 88 runs.
The pitch is expected to deteriorate, but day three has so far proven to be a good one for batting in warm conditions.